Inspectors uncover fraud worth $408m

HA NOI — Inspectors in 2011 discovered economic violations worth more than VND8.5 trillion (US$408 million) through 75,600 inspections in State and socio-economic management, said Deputy Chief Inspector of the Government Inspectorate Le Tien Hao.

They found more than 286,000 hectares of violated land, he said at a workshop held on Thursday to review inspection work in 2011 and plan inspection for this year.

Inspectors proposed a revocation of more than VND5.1trillion ($244.8 million) and 11,845ha of land for the State, as well as administrative punishments for 166,151organisations and individuals.

Regarding the anti-corruption task, inspectors found 150 cases and 320 people getting involved in corruption with a total property worth more than VND267 billion ($12.8 million) and 9.4ha of land.

In 2012, Government inspectors will focus on the State management responsibility of ministries and localities in areas such as construction planning and investment and on collection budget at processing and export zones and businesses.

Inspection will also focus on mineral resources and land use management, construction investment management, land and forest allocation in a number of localities, activities of banks and the use of capital at some corporations.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the inspection sector should increase inspection and punishments to ensure results. Proposals by ministries and agencies should be seriously heard.

He asked inspectors to increase dialogues with people, listen to their recommendations and promptly deal with their complaints and denunciations.

The inspection sector should also pay attention to improving inspectors' quality, capacity and professional skills and knowledge, Phuc said. — VNS